“A Modest Proposal in Defense of Free Speech: Publish cartoons offensive to every religion”

We agree with Jagdish Bhagwati in The New Republic on this one.  It’s part of an essay on free speech and the “outrage” over Islam-themed cartoons:

“The solution has to be to print these cartoons, but publish alongside them some of the equally mocking cartoons against other faiths—such as Catholics and Hindus, for instance—which are readily available.

“That would drive home the point that the key issue is not hostility to Islam, but affirmation of the freedom of expression, on which we will not compromise; that mockery, jest, and ridicule against any and every religion are part of the fabric of our life that we will defend without compromise.”

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